Director Paul Feig’s 2011 sophomore feature film effort, Bridesmaids, was a game changer. Not only did it prove that R-rated female ensemble comedies could work, but it set box offices ablaze across the world. It also made a star out of Melissa McCarthy (earning her a Best Supporting Actress nomination) for pretending to violently defecate in a basin. Classy.
Now Feig and McCarthy are teaming up again, with a certain Miss Congeniality in tow, to replicate that fire with The Heat.
Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence–and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids.”
Well, that looked… okay. I think. Honestly, I feel a lot of how you’re going to respond to this movie will rely on just how much affection you have for McCarthy. Personally, I have about as much affection for her as I do broccoli (How can people eat those tiny tree shaped pieces of solidified farts?). After the success of Bridesmaids she’s just been typecast in just about role she’s had as the loud and obnoxious gal, and it’s starting to grate on my nerves real fast.
And while the trailer had me chuckling at some bits, I just can’t help feeling that this is playing it safe and by the numbers, using the same old buddy cop routine (mismatched partners meet, they fight, they make up, they solve crimes) we’ve seen plenty of other time but just switching genders. That’s just not enough for me, I’m afraid. Bullock can do this type of straight-laced bit in her sleep, so had they swapped the roles, with her as the unhinged one, this could be something a lot more memorable. Right now, it’s just looking meh.
PS: I was going to take a jab at how McCarthy looks like the most unlikeliest cop I have ever seen, but then I remembered what our South African police force looks like. And then I was very, very sad.
Last Updated: November 19, 2012